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Old 11-18-2014, 05:57 PM   #1
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Anyone use a trailer dolly?

Okay, I've have a 17B comin’ to my neighborhood soon and I need some input, aka help.

The only entrance to my parking is an alley that’s 16’ wide, all of us home owners have managed to put permanent fences right to the edge, and the gate to my parking slab is 20’. I've managed to put a small 5th wheel there but nothing the size of the 17’er hanging off the back of a 4Runner and no wife to help with the backing. With this in mind I’m looking for a powered trailer dolly simply to make life easier. Has anyone used one? How did it work out for you? What brands would you suggest?

This is not something I’d haul around for camping.

I'm gonna post this on FGRV also.
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Old 11-18-2014, 06:18 PM   #2
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If you go into the top level of the forum and search under "dolly" you'll find several threads on trailer dollies, both commercial and homebrew.
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Old 11-18-2014, 06:29 PM   #3
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I purchased and use a Power Mover AC6. It required also ordering a custom hitch setup because I also use an Anderson hitch and the Anderson "down riggers" would otherwise interfere with the dolly. I can send pictures in a PM if you would like. That would be much easier than a long winded description of how it attaches. I'm certain you could easily pull your 17er with one. I have a 21 and it handles that no problem. Flat driveway.

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Old 11-18-2014, 07:14 PM   #4
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We keep our small trailer is a tight storage location. I put a receiver on the front of our Tacoma and then our XTerra. Hooking up to the front of the vehicle, where the wheels turn, allows much easier and more accurate "backing". You might consider this before investing in a tug. It's worked very well for us.

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Old 11-18-2014, 08:23 PM   #5
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I don't know how much heavier a 17' Escape is than a 16' Scamp Deluxe, but even I can muscle my Scamp around on asphalt with a manual HF tongue dolly. I'm no youngster (and I've had back surgery). YMMV
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:36 PM   #6
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I purchased and use a Power Mover AC6. It required also ordering a custom hitch setup because I also use an Anderson hitch and the Anderson "down riggers" would otherwise interfere with the dolly. I can send pictures in a PM if you would like. That would be much easier than a long winded description of how it attaches. I'm certain you could easily pull your 17er with one. I have a 21 and it handles that no problem. Flat driveway.

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Yes, I would appreciate your sending some pics via PM.

I watched the video on their site of the guy moving his boat. It looks like his storage area is close to mine; from the alley, start with high angle turn the a quick turn the other direction. With the 16' wide alley I'm simply not competent enough to try it with the 4Runner.
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:42 PM   #7
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I purchased and use a Power Mover AC6. It required also ordering a custom hitch setup because I also use an Anderson hitch and the Anderson "down riggers" would otherwise interfere with the dolly. I can send pictures in a PM if you would like. That would be much easier than a long winded description of how it attaches. I'm certain you could easily pull your 17er with one. I have a 21 and it handles that no problem. Flat driveway.

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I don't know how much heavier a 17' Escape is than a 16' Scamp Deluxe, but even I can muscle my Scamp around on asphalt with a manual HF tongue dolly. I'm no youngster (and I've had back surgery). YMMV
Hi Donna,

The 17' would be about 3500# and I have a slight incline both in the alley and then to the parking pad for drainage. Not a whole lot but I'm a decrepit ole man, 76 and counting, with a bad back and have too much invested in "Escaping Reality" to take a chance.
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:17 PM   #8
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Understood Pat. Be safe! There are lots of memories to be made ahead!

BUT, if you would like to consider building your own power dolly... here's a couple of good reads:

Homemade power dolly

Ian's starts on post #18, direct link: Homemade power dolly
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Hi Donna,

The 17' would be about 3500# and I have a slight incline both in the alley and then to the parking pad for drainage. Not a whole lot but I'm a decrepit ole man, 76 and counting, with a bad back and have too much invested in "Escaping Reality" to take a chance.
OneOleMan, Cathy is an X-ray tech and she has always said to protect your back at all costs. Being safe is being smart, and I should take my own advice. Loren
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:29 PM   #10
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Power Mover AC6, Escape 21 with an Anderson Hitch

Hello,

Here are a few pictures of a Power Mover AC6 attached to my Escape 21, which is equipped with an Anderson Hitch. Note the extension arm allows attachment of the AC6 to a 2" box receiver welded to the frame of the 21, well behind the hitch ball receiver. Theory suggests this attachment point is preferable over the hitch ball because more of the trailer's weight is placed on the dolly wheels which translates to better traction and control. This attachment also provides clearance for the dolly to complete a 180 degree turn without hitting either the jack or the Anderson down riggers. It works quite well for me.


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